Nov 19, 2016


Iowa Wild (6-9-0-1, 13 points) at Chicago Wolves (5-7-1-1, 12 Points)

Iowa opens a seven-game road trip with a Saturday night game at Allstate Arena in a rematch with the Chicago Wolves. Iowa bested Chicago 3-2 at Wells Fargo Arena on Friday night, which closed out a six-game home stand for the Wild. The club went 2-3-0-1 over the stretch.

While Iowa has played more home games (13) than seven other teams have played overall games, the club is tied for the fewest road games played in the league at three. The Wild is 1-2-0-0 on the road this season, while Chicago is 2-2-0-0 at home. Iowa ended a four-game (0-3-0-1) winless skid on Friday and is 4-5-0-1 over the last ten games. The Wolves are winless in four (0-3-1-0) and 4-4-1-1 over their last ten outings.

Friday marks the 32nd meeting between the two clubs. Iowa is 9-17-2-3 all-time against Chicago, including a 6-7-1-1 mark all-time at Chicago. Friday’s win ended Chicago’s 15-game streak (13-0-1-1) of not taking a regulation loss in Des Moines over the course of the history of the series – dating back to Iowa’s Inaugural season in 2013-14. The Wolves are 22-5-2-2 against the Wild all-time, including a 9-4-1-1 mark at Allstate Arena. The two teams meet a total of 10 times this season.

Upcoming Games:
Team                                      Date    Time              Radio / TV
at  Chicago                              11/19     7:00  PM CT  KXNO / iHeartRadio
at Manitoba                             11/22     7:00  PM CT  KXNO / iHeartRadio
at Manitoba                             11/23     7:00  PM CT  KXNO / iHeartRadio
at Charlotte                              11/26     5:00  PM CT  KXNO / iHeartRadio
at Charlotte                              11/27     12:00 PM CT KXNO / iHeartRadio

11.14.16: Add – F Christoph Bertschy - assigned by Minnesota (NHL)
11.17.16: Delete – G Adam Vay - assigned to Quad City (ECHL)

Last Time Out
The Iowa Wild defeated the Chicago Wolves 3-2 in front of 5,867 fans on Friday night at Wells Fargo Arena. Rookie Alex Tuch scored two of Iowa’s three goals in the win over Chicago. Forward Jeff Hoggan also scored in the Iowa win. Wild goalie Alex Stalock stopped 20 of 22 shots in the win. Defensemen Brad Hunt and Jordan Schmaltz each scored in the Chicago loss. Wolves goalie Jordan Binnington stopped 31 of 34 shots in defeat. 

Iowa Wild
Through the first 16 games of the regular season, veteran forward Jordan Schroeder leads the team in scoring with four goals and six assists for 10 points in 13 games played. Defenseman Gustav Olofsson is second in scoring with nine points and he leads the team lead with seven assists. Rookie Alex Tuch is third on the team in points with nine in 16 games played. Forwards Teemu Pulkkinen (3g, 5a), Pat Cannone (2g-6a), Colton Beck (2g-5a) and Mario Lucia (3g,4a) also rank among the team’s scoring leaders. Defenseman Mike Reilly has one goal and six assists for seven points in eight games. He remains on recall to Minnesota.

Veteran Alex Stalock and Steve Michalek split time in net for Iowa. Stalock is 2-5-0 with a 4.06 GAA and a .871 SV%. Michalek is 4-4-1 with a 3.09 GAA and a .920 SV%.

Iowa’s power play sits 16th in the league after going 12-for-70 (17.1%). The Wild’s penalty kill sits 25rth after stopping 50 of 66 (75.8%).

Notables –

●       Former Wolves Captain Pat Cannone extended his points streak to five games with an assist on Friday. He has one goal and five assists over the last five games. He also has an assist in four straight outings.   

Chicago Wolves
Veteran defenseman Brad Hunt leads his club in scoring with 16 points in 14 games played. He leads all AHL defenseman in points and goals (5). Hunt is tied for the lead among defensemen with 11 assists. Overall, Hunt is tied for fourth best in the AHL in points. Center Ivan Barbashev is second on the team with 11 points in 14 games played. Barbashev leads his club with six goals and is tied for fourth in assists with five. Left wing Kenny Agostino is third overall in points with ten in 14 games played. Agostino is tied for third in goals and tied for fourth on the Wolves with five assists. Center Landon Ferraro (3g,5a), forward Wade Megan (4g,3a) and defenseman Vince Dunn (1g,5a) round out the Wolves top scorers.  

Goalies Pheonix Copley and Jordan Bennington share time in net for Chicago. Bennington sees the majority of time and is 3-4-1 with a 2.77 GAA and a .912 SV %. Copley is 1-2-1 with a 2.22 GAA and a .927 SV %.

Chicago’s power play is 11th, going 11-for-58 (19.0%). The Wolves are 15th on the penalty kill, stopping 45 of 53 (84.9%).

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